Blanket Chest/Daughter

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Project by Bsmith posted 09-11-2012 09:46 PM 2297 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a great time making this blanket chest for my daughter. Most of it is from pallet wood. Needed to purchase some Red Oak ply for the top and side panels. Found the plans in an old “Wood” magazine. Dove tails are router cut. Finished with gel stain and multiple coats of shellac. Still working on my finishing technics. Best part, I had two blankets to give her to start out. Both hand made from my grandmother, her great grandma.

-- Bryan

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#1 posted 09-11-2012 10:13 PM

Project looks great. As a fellow woodworker who could stand to improve his finishing technique, I share your woes.

Where on earth did you get pallet wood that was good enough to use on this project? The only ones I can find are really beaten-up softwoods.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#2 posted 09-12-2012 02:36 AM

Very nice job!

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#3 posted 09-12-2012 07:16 AM

Nice looking Chest. Nicely done, functional and it surely serves her many many years to come.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 09-12-2012 04:41 PM

Nice Work Mr. Smith! You’re dovetail work looks like it belongs in a text book.

My wife has a similar piece from her Dad that is a true treasure.

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#5 posted 09-13-2012 06:34 AM

Humm… Pallet wood you say, next time there is some Pallets lying about please let me know and I will come collect them!

If it is really pallet wood I must say you have done an excellent job on it and a well deserved acknowledgment is required. Well Done.

I showed it to Aurora and she was also impressed as well, while we were looking I asked her if she had used hers yet, silly question its full!

As grfrazee said the only pallet timer I can find is common old pine

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 09-13-2012 05:12 PM

Thanks for the nice comments. Where I work we get in heavy parts that require stout pallets. Almost all are oak. If you look at the side pic’s and dove tails you can see the nail holes and were the wood is split a little. I think it adds character and years to the project. I can say this though, if I wasn’t so cheap I would have purchased the wood. The kiln dried wood is so much more stable and straight. And the pallet lumber is murder on sharp blades, not to mention all the milling that goes into the lumber just to get it usable. Thanks again for looking.

-- Bryan

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